Psst! Grub’s up thanks to shop­pers’ kind gifts

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

MORE than 1,000 meals were fed to lo­cal home­less an­i­mals thanks to char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions sent in to a Merthyr Tyd­fil pet shop.

The do­na­tions were sent by kind cus­tomers to the Pets at Home in Merthyr Tyd­fil, who raised £568.54 fol­low­ing a Christ­mas ap­peal to help the home­less an­i­mals.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, through­out De­cem­ber the store’s team worked to col­lect do­na­tions to help pro­vide meals for aban­doned an­i­mals in and around Merthyr Tyd­fil, as part of the Santa Paws ini­tia­tive be­ing run by the char­ity Sup­port Adop­tion For Pets.

Now in its sixth year, the Santa Paws ap­peal sup­ports needy pets at lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue cen­tres through­out the fes­tive pe­riod.

Pets at Home Merthyr Tyd­fil man­aged to pro­vide a to­tal of 1,144 meals for lo­cal an­i­mals, all thanks to cus­tomers who col­lec­tively do­nated the huge amount.

Merthyr store man­ager John Tweedy said: “What a fan­tas­tic re­sult!

“We had so much fun rais­ing money and are so grate­ful to all of our gen­er­ous cus­tomers for tak­ing part and do­nat­ing much-needed meals for dis­ad­van­taged an­i­mals.

“It’s great to know that this money will go to­wards help­ing some of these char­i­ties to keep aban­doned pets healthy and happy un­til they find a for­ever home.”

Across the coun­try more than 430 Pets at Home stores rose to the chal­lenge and suc­ceeded in rais­ing more than £1m na­tion­ally and pro­vid­ing 2,128,128 meals – beat­ing the tar­get of two mil­lion.

Of the to­tal money raised, nearly £470,000 will be do­nated di­rectly to 361 lo­cal res­cue cen­tres to help them con­tinue to make a dif­fer­ence. The rest will fund Sup­port Adop­tion For Pets’ ex­ten­sive grant pro­gramme and other char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties with Pets at Home – all of which sup­ports the re­hom­ing of pets in the UK.

Since be­ing es­tab­lished in 2006, Sup­port Adop­tion for Pets has helped more than 1,000 re­hom­ing cen­tres and an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions across the UK by award­ing grants and run­ning fundrais­ing cam­paigns with Pets at Home.

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